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WD My Net 4-Port Gigabit Wireless AC Bridge WDBMRD0000NBL-HESN

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  • Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
  • IEEE 802.11ac/n/a, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
  • Ethernet Port
  • 4 x 10/100/1000M
  • 5.0GHz

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Brent R.
  • 5/23/2013 11:21:24 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: After some initial issues, works great paired with an ASUS RT-AC66U, fully capable of HD streaming to a HTPC running XBMC. However, the wireless units are fairly close (~20') with only a single wall in between them.

Cons: Upon powering up, unit had a slow, steady flashing power light. The WPS button did nothing, even after power cycling, and could not access unit by IP or http://myacbridge. Looked through the online manula and tried a hard reset via the side button, unit was still inaccessible and had the same slow, steady flashing power light. Only by setting a static IP on the laptop's ethernet port was I able to access unit via IP and the only screen it showed was a software recovery page with an option to upload firmware. After downloading the latest firmware and installing, unit rebooted and worked as intended.

Other Thoughts: This was not a returned unit, but brand new, sealed in box. It shipped from the factory in this firmware-damaged state.
While attempting to troubleshoot the problem, I could not find any other instances/reviews posted describing this problem, so hopefully this turns out to be an extremely rare issue.

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  • William M.
  • 2/8/2013 9:14:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsNice!

Pros: Paired with WD 1300ac router.
Updated firmware - via browser interface - easy and fast.
Setup was easy - Pressed the WPS button and go, took less than a minute.

The router is 35', one floor and two walls away. Blazing fast, only tested Internet Speed test - maxing out internet speed and twice as fast as old Trendnet 640 bridge that I had.

Cons: A bit expensive - $99 for the Bridge and $179 for the router.

Other Thoughts: I will test signal strength and file transfer rates later, but I have two computers and a PS3 connected to the bridge and WOW, welcome to 802.11ac. This is a really step forward.


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5 out of 5 eggsCutting Edge Bridge

Pros: Pros

If you are looking for a simple to use bleeding edge wireless bridge look no further.

I used this router to provide internet access to all of the devices in my entertainment center including an Xbox 360, Blu-Ray Player, Media Center PC and ATT Uverse Box.

Never saw any stuttering or performance issues even under heavy load. With my media pc running both mumble and minecraft servers, The Uverse box recording and my media center streaming a movie I didn't see any noticeable slow down. Just be sure your router supports 5ghz before you purchase or else it wont even see your network.

Setup was painless. If you have a modern router with a WNS button it only takes a few button presses to get this up and running.

When transferring large files I was seeing transfer speeds of about 80MB/s which is great for wireless

This bridge also includes one nice quality cat6 cable. I’m sure most of us have plenty but it’s still nice to see.

Cons: This device only works with 5ghz routers. It would be nice if WD had a hard to miss warning on the box. Unfortunately I can see a lot of users getting confused by this, thinking the unit is defective.

The ac adapter takes up 2 slots. It's a pet peeve of mine since good power conditioners are expensive and every port counts.

Other Thoughts: This is my first experience with a WD network device that's not a NAS. I am very impressed with the unit and its ease of setup. WD's networking products are definitely on the right track and with a few small tweaks could be top tier.

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5 out of 5 eggsNot Backward Compatible

Pros: When hooked to newer AC wireless equipment this unit performs brilliantly, providing more than enough throughput to stream high-def video over your home network and then some. Setup is simple and intuitive and the unit has the option for wall mounting. It has a low profile, nondescript design that blends into most environments so all you should notice is an improvement in your wireless network. With the unit you also get the Western Digital brand name and support network standing behind this product, which, in my past experience, has been a tremendous value if things don't go as planned.

Cons: This unit is only for those who will be repeating from a brand new era router to brand new era equipment. If you have an older network or are planning to broadcast to an older unit via this device you may find yourself beating your head against a wall. I gave the unit high marks because it does what it says it will very well, but in real life an excellent product plays nice with older generation products so we don't have to go about replacing our entire network infrastructure just to please the requirements of a repeater expensive repeater unit, I might add. Additionally, given the high dollar price tag you'd think it would feel more solid than it does.

Other Thoughts: All in all, if you have the latest in wireless equipment and devices to go with it, this repeater will help you extend your network flawlessly. If you have older gear, look elsewhere.

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4 out of 5 eggsSuper fast, expensive answer to running Cat cables

Pros: Unit works well and is quite powerful. Since my Blu Ray player wouldn’t work I used my Patriot Box Office media streamer and the My Net Bridge allowed me to hook up wirelessly from any place in my house. There was no stuttering or slow downs streaming 1080P movies from my main computer to the Patriot and then to my flat screen. I also took the Patriot Box Office and the My Net Bridge into my bedroom, which is 60 feet and two walls away from my router and 1080P video still streamed flawlessly. I hooked up the Ethernet port on my ultrabook and connected through the My Net Bridge from anywhere in the house. I would have tried it out in the yard but was unable to since it requires a wall plug. My next door neighbor however came over to tell me it was registering 5 bars at his house. So it’s powerful enough to cover a good area.
Right now there don’t appear to be a large number of 802.llac devices out there so this bridge is forward thinking. It could certainly save a person setting up a home theater a lot of grief in running multiple wires. This is a good product. The speed is excellent and the setup is easy. For me personally, I don’t have enough devices to make good use of it but that doesn’t detract from its strengths. I’d recommend it wholeheartedly to anybody with a need for such a bridge.

Cons: I have an older Netgear RangeMax wireless N router and the My Net Bridge would not see it no matter what I tried. The documentation says it should connect to this router but it won’t. To be honest the box details and the web site state you need a 5 gigahertz router but I’ll admit I was a bit confused so a novice might buy this bridge thinking it would work with their older router only to be disappointed. I changed over to a TP-link dual 2.4 & 5 Gigahertz band router and everything worked after that. I also had an older Sony Blu Ray player that the My Net Bridge wouldn’t see.
Western Digital need to go the extra mile to make sure even a novice understands the requirements of this unit. Make sure they know a 5 Gigahertz router is needed and that older N speed routers may not work.
Finally, this is an expensive product. It works well and does what it sets out to do but I’m not sure the high price is justified.

Other Thoughts: Comes with a good quality 6 ft Cat 5 cable. Unit itself seems very well made. Case is a pleasing combination of matt and shiny black plastic with an abstract design on the front side. The unit is made to stand up and the stand is already attached. The only controls are the power and WNS button on the back. There are 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back and 4 blue LED lights on the front. The whole things is subdued and classy. The user’s manual that is included is a joke so you need to download the full manual from the WD site. It’s not really a problem however.
Although supposedly you can run this bridge without setting it up, unless you have a router with a WNS button you really have to have a computer with an Ethernet port to set this us. Setup isn’t difficult and you are walked through the steps of connecting to your wireless router including security. Once this is done the unit is set and can be hooked up to a device without further setup.

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5 out of 5 eggsIt just plain works and Quite Well at that

Pros: Next Generation/This Generation/State of the art AC Wireless
Western Digital Toll Free 30 day Support
Well Documented, Once you download the documentation
Compatible with ALL non-WD AC routers
Acts as wired or wireless bridge
Long established, knowledgeable WD supported forum
Cost effective solution, see other thoughts

Cons: No Documentation in box beyond EZ Setup guide which is fine if you have the matching WD AC router

Shiny black plastic loves finger oils...should have been all matte finished

Power plug takes up two spaces...NO NEED for that!

Lights dim....but how much do you need to see?

Expensive? Maybe, see other thoughts

NOWHERE in docs was it written what the initial username and password are for WD Dashboard setup.

Other Thoughts: When I bought my Blu-ray player I opted not to get the wireless version. I thought I would never need Netflix, Hulu, VooDoo, Youtube and the like...after all I was on dial-up and broadband was never coming out here in the swamp. I was wrong. I needed a product that would allow me to utilize the LAN cable hookup that my Blu-ray has. This product fits that bill.

Setup was very easy. I do not have the matching WD AC router but I do have a dual band very capable router.

To set up with the WD model all that needs doing is a couple button pushes and you are ready to go. I can't confirm this but believe it fully. You don't even need to hook it up to your computer to make the connection

I had to set up My Bridge to my Buffalo manually. An important consideration for you if you are to manually set it up...MAKE sure you have all your router numbers (SSID, passwords, etc.) at the ready before starting. You need to hook the bridge directly to your computer to access the WD Dashboard and if your computer only has one LAN port you won't be able to get the required data. To alleviate this problem I connected the bridge to my laptop.

Once successfully logged in Dashboard presents you with a list of available wireless in-range networks. Select yours then enter your ROUTER password. That's it.

I then took the bridge across the house and hard wired it to the Blu-ray. Did a quick setup on the Blu-ray and I was ready to go. Netflix? All set. Youtube? ALL set.

WD Support.

I always call support as it is an integral part of any product.
As previously written the owner gets 30 days TOLL-FREE support. I asked support for the username and password then to walk me through setup. Support is very methodical. They have to be. I do plenty of phone support for friends and I always start at the most basic stage ensuring we are on the same page and know what I say is what they understand. WD support is the same.

Support originates from the Dominican Republic. I don't care if support comes from guys in Chad or from Pluto as long as I can understand them both aurally and cognitively. I can understand WD support just fine. They are unfailingly polite and versed in the product. Congratulations to them and WD.

Cost effectiveness: If one has a network capable television or Blu-ray that isn't wireless you can either go out and buy a new SMART TV...expensive, Blu-ray...not quite as expensive or this product. I would buy this because it isn't limited to just one thing. The WD Bridge has all those OTHER network capabilities.

I recommend this product without reservation because it does what it claims and support is as good as you are going to get and much better than most

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5 out of 5 eggsInsanely fast wireless AC speeds on this bridge to supercharge your home theater experience!

Pros: With 802.11ac you are on the leading edge of wireless technology and speed and this bridge does not disappoint. Simply plug in your wired devices (HTPC, PS3, Xbox, WiiU, Blu-ray player, TV, etc.) via a gigabit Ethernet cable (one is provided in the box to get you started) to one of the 4 gigabit ports on this bridge and you're going to enable insanely fast streaming and file transfer feeds when used with a 802.11ac router. If you don't have an 802.11ac router then you can revert to the 802.11n speeds in the 5GHz band. It is important to point out that 802.11ac operates ONLY in the 5GHz band - an 802.11n router in the 2.4GHz band will not be able to connect to this bridge.

Fortunately, I was able to connect a HTPC, a PS3, and a Samsung LED TV to this bridge and this bridge to my Asus 802.11ac router and achieved blazing fast speeds - averaging 803 Mbit/s [roughly 100MB/s] in my test setup (faster speeds are possible but I was limited with the low number on antennas on my Asus 802.11ac router). The simple connection between this bridge and a router is performed by a simple WPS push-button on both devices and within seconds they will be connected and online in your network.

There are no fancy bells and whistles to this device, it's merely a wireless bridge and it does the job fantastically. This device is best placed in your home theater area to connect your internet-capable devices to your wireless network with great throughput. It saves running multiple wires from multi devices to your router and/or switch. This wireless bridge simply "bridges the gap" between wired and wireless connectivity. Well done Western Digital!

Cons: There is little documentation provided in the box - just a basic quick setup guide. While Western Digital makes setup of the device very simple, some basic documentation would be helpful for those who have never setup a wireless bridge within their network.

Other Thoughts: There are few consumer products available that are 802.llac capable - routers, adapters, and bridges. The technology is relatively new but is predicted to expand to wide adoption over the next few years (circa 2013 and beyond). This 802.11ac bridge is the "tip of the spear" when it comes to wireless technology for home use. This wireless bridge will ensure you will be able to move files extremely quickly across your network, and stream full HD video/audio content with plenty of headroom to spare.

If you are looking to buy a wireless bridge as a future proof item, this Western Digital 802.11ac wireless bridge is the one to get! The simplicity is setup and low cost makes it‘s winner in the 802.11ac bridge category.

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5 out of 5 eggsSimply fast

Pros: If you're looking for a simple-to-use wireless bridge to serve your game console, HTPC, or smart TV needs, this bridge is the solution you've been looking for. It costs only slightly more than the average 802.11n device, but provides the option to use the newly-developed 802.11ac protocol.

Cons: This product is truly at the bleeding edge, so be prepared. If you're not sure what 802.11ac is, or you don't know whether you have a 5GHz-capable router, you best look elsewhere. This product isn't fully backwards-compatible. It *only* operates on the 5Ghz band, making it impossible to use with standard 2.4Ghz 802.11n routers.

Furtheremore, while it is simple to use, Western Digital has taken that a step too far - there are only two buttons on the device (Power and WPS Connect), and there is no manual. The quick-start pamplet simply states "Press the WPS button". Amazingly, there isn't even a manual available online. Furthermore, unlike a router, there is no on-screen setup option. You either get it connected it or you don't. I ran into trouble because my 802.11n router defaulted to a WPS search on the 2.4Ghz band, which this bridge does not operate on. I had to enter my router's on-screen setup to change its WPS search to function on the 5Ghz band.

Other Thoughts: Once you get this bridge up and running with your 5Ghz router (mine is a high-end dual-band 300n model, which I ran at the fastest 40Mhz channel bandwidth), you will experience fantastic speeds. And that's really all there is to it, as being a bridge, this product offers no customized options. It's just speed, and lots of it. The bridge easily maxed out my 25mbps cable internet connection, and in network file transfers between computers, it sustained 120mbps (15MB/s), improving significantly upon the 12MB/s speeds I achieved using a 5GHz 802.11n adapter (even though the bridge was still operating on an N network). I am sure I am being limited by my router at this point, but 120mpbs is fine with me for now.

Note: I tested the bridge connected to an HTPC, a PS3, and an Xbox360. All three recognized the bridge connection immediately and achieved much faster speeds than they did with their built-in wireless, especially the PS3, which uses the relatively ancient 802.11g protocol.

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